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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Date : February 23, 2018      

 

Women and Child Development Ministry to recommend lifting time bar on reporting child sexual abuse

New Delhi: The Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry will seek a change in the CrPC to allow filing of complaints of child sexual abuse many years after the crime. The development came after a meeting last month between WCD minister Maneka Gandhi and a 53-year-old Indian-origin scientist from Canada, a survivor of child sexual abuse, who asked for legislative amendments to allow victims to report such crimes even years later. We are in the process of writing to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asking them to amend Section 473 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). So, time limitation will go away,Secretary, WCD, R K Shrivastava, today said at a press meet.He said that the ministry will pursue the matter with the MHA as it has been receiving several complaints of incidents that have occurred many years ago. While officials did not comment on the exact amendment being suggested, Gandhi told reporters, The substance of it will be that if you have been molested at some point in time when you were a minor, then you are still entitled to get justice.

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Flesh trade racket busted- Woman held, two girls rescued

The Thane crime branch on Thursday night arrested a woman and rescued two girls, one of them a minor, after busting an alleged flesh trade racket. The accused used to contact customers using social media and charge around Rs 50,000 or more per girl. It is the eighth raid by the Thane Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) in two months. According to the police, the woman, who allegedly used to supply girls, had brought her own sister and a minor cousin for a decoy customer. “We contacted the woman over WhatsApp and she demanded Rs 50,000 per woman. Using dummy notes, we managed to get the cash and planted our decoy at the restaurant where she had set up a meeting,” inspector Ravindra Daundkar, head of Thane AHTC, said. The police arrested the 26-year-old woman, a resident of a colony in Mira Road from Dwarka restaurant in the Wagle Estate area.

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Cheap phones, fast internet lead to rise in online child sex abuse- Report

Wider access to smartphones and super-fast internet access are giving rise to a disturbing trend a surge in on-demand, live-streaming online child sexual abuse, according to a report published by a children’s welfare group founded by former Facebook Inc executive Joanna Shields. The report by WeProtect published Wednesday, shows such advances have led to a drop in the cost of accessing a live video stream of child abuse to as little as $15 from about $50 just a few years ago.

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Kasur child abuse scandal- Three convicts handed down life term in Pakistan

Lahore: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court here has handed down life imprisonment to three suspects for their involvement in the Kasur child abuse scandal of 2015 in which around 300 children were molested. The anti-terrorism court announced the conviction after the suspects were found guilty of sexually abusing the minors and were imposed fine of Rs300,000 each on Haseem Amir, Waseem Sindhi and Aleem Arif.

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Abducted 4 years ago, 15-year-old, a mother of 2 now, rescued

The Thane anti-human trafficking cell (AHTC) rescued a 15-year-old girl who was abducted four years ago. The girl, married to one of the accused, has had two children in these years. According to police, the minor was abducted in 2014 from Cheda village near Bhiwandi. “Her mother had lodged a case but the girl could not be found,” said an officer from Bhiwandi police station. However, according to AHTC, they received information that the girl was being kept in the same area by two brothers. “We raided the house and rescued her, along with two children, who are one and two years old. We also arrested both men,” an officer said. Senior inspector Ravindra Daundkar said the girl was abducted by the brothers who took her to Nepal. “She was married to one of the brothers and they were all living in Nepal. We don’t know why she was abducted yet, but after marriage she wasn’t used for sex trade,” Daundkar said.

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CBI court to give verdict in Nedumbassery human trafficking case on February 24

Kochi: The CBI Court here will announce the verdict in the sensational Nedumbassery human trafficking case on February 24. The case pertains to the illegal trafficking of women from Kerala to brothels in West Asia. The trial proceedings were completed at the CBI Court. The accused who faced in-camera trial are Suresh K V, Lissy Sojan, Sethu Lal, Anil Kumar, Bindhu, Santha, Maneesh A P, Sudharman, Varghese Raphael, Kabeer P K, Siraj, P A Rafeeq, S Mustafa and Thahir. As part of the trial, a total of 73 witnesses were examined by the court. There were seven defence witnesses. Over 50 material objects and documents were examined by the court. Later the court completed procedure under 313 CrPC and conducted the final hearing in the case.

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Why the world has become a more dangerous place for children

Children’s suffering across the world appears to be on the rise. If one looks at the last year, for instance, it was another conflict-driven year and children paid the highest price. Even worse, their suffering wasn’t limited to predictable conflict regions such as Syria or Yemen. Dozens of countries became brutal arenas of child abuse. Do you remember the Central African Republic? Ukraine? South Sudan? These and manyother regions saw increasing numbers of children being placed in the frontline of conflicts. According to UNICEF’s Director of Emergency, Manuel Fontaine, “...children are being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools and playgrounds. As these attacks continue..., we cannot become numb. Such brutality cannot be the new normal.”

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MP woman sold for Rs 50,000, taken to Rajasthan to be sold again, police arrest six accused

A woman in Bhopal was allegedly sold for Rs 50,000 and later taken to Rajasthan to be sold again, the Madhya Pradesh police said on Tuesday. MP police has sent its team to Rajasthan to nab the accused and rescue the married woman. The incident was reported to Gautam Nagar police station in Bhopal in the wee hours of Tuesday. Mukhtar Qureshi, Gautam Nagar police station in charge said they had arrested six accused including two women who hatched a conspiracy to sell the woman and divide the money among themselves. The seventh accused who allegedly bought the woman here was absconding. He was reported to have left for Rajasthan. The woman also is yet to be recovered.

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